When nominees for the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards were announced yesterday at New York's Peninsula Hotel, the presenters may have stolen the spotlight. Industry heavies on hand to announce the nominees included Bad Boy Entertainment CEO Sean "Puffy" Combs and Interscope Records executive Steve Stoute. In April, Combs was arrested when police claimed he had taken part in an attack on Stoute in his Interscope office. But yesterday, Combs and Stoute seemed to put past difficulties behind them. "I'm going to need a little help with this, so I'm going to invite a friend and a fellow mogul to help me with this one," Combs said before bringing Stoute to the podium, reports MTV News.

DMX led the field with five nominations, including solo artist of the year and album of the year. Busta Rhymes and Outkast each earned four nominations, while Redman and Jay-Z were close behind with three apiece. Winners will be announced at a Los Angeles awards show in August . . .

Chrissie Hynde is looking forward to joining the Lilith Fair concerts this summer. But she has some doubts about the festival's concept. "It's show business, isn't it?" the leader of the Pretenders told the Boston Globe. "Having all women is kind of a gimmick. It's entertainment. I don't know if it's supposed to be anything else, but for me, that's what it is" . . .

It doesn't run and needs a rope to keep the hood from flying open, but for a Murfreesboro, Tenn., doctor, it's a sound investment. Raymond Turek says he has already been offered more than twice the $22,000 he paid for the sport-utility vehicle in which country music star George Jones almost died. Jones was driving alone March 6 when he lost control of the vehicle and smashed into a concrete bridge a mile from his Franklin, Tenn., home. Turek said he plans to lease the mangled 1999 Lexus LX470 to country music and car shows, and donate some of the revenue to "economically depressed people."

CAPTION: Source nominee DMX and Chrissie Hynde, one of the Fair sex.